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Aug 27, 2011 07:12 AM

Alternatives to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

My very high-end clients are spending three nights in Paris. I wish to provide a varied dining program, so have booked Le Cinq for an unforgettable classic Parisian dining experience and also Josephine Chez Dumonet for a classic Bistro experience. The obvious third choice in my mind is something more on the contemporary side. The obvious choice for me was L'Atelier de JR, but these clients don't want to dine at 6:30 or wait for a table otherwise, so I'm searching for alternatives, but I don't want anything too trendy or too inventive. While I value concierge input, I realize the bias. Moreover, I know many French (particular in the hospitality industry) simply REFUSE to provide real opinions (they'll just say, "Well, these two restaurants are very different."). Here's what the concierge of their five-star hotel gave me for alternatives to L'Atelier de JR. COMMENTS? Of course, I'm open to other suggestions. THANKS HOUNDS!

Spoon Food & Wine: Not wild about a Ducasse concept restaurant.

Market: probably too trendy

Dominique Bouchet*: I'm quite interested in this one based on the chef's pedigree.

39 V:

L’ Arôme*

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    Btw, how have the past recommendations on this board worked out or not worked out for you? Could you give us some feedback? Thank you so much.

    1. For elite dining I prefer Le Voltaire. Classic, soigne.

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      1. re: amrx

        Voltaire is totally geared for high-end business clientele; Josephine is not, service can be questionable. Much depends on where you are staying, if it is on the business side of the 1st you have lots of options.

        1. re: Oakglen

          High end clientele yes but definitely not necessarily business. Certainly not for the grubby.. I assumed that turtendu was looking for something special. His favorable mention pf Dominique Bouchet led me astray. Your post, however, made me realize that Le Voltaire is not for his group. I regret posting my message.

      2. You could try to get a table at Jean-Francois Piege... the upstairs restaurant, not the downstairs brasserie Thoumieux.

        1. L'Arome may well fit your client's need. In our experience, reservations are precisely honored, no waiting or bad tables offered. The food could be lots worse, wine service is professional, and Martin certainly knows how so schmooze a diner. It sounds as if your clients know how to command attention, and they will certainly get it here.

          1. Le Petrelle may do the job, large comfortable tables seating, small place with excellent if expensive food and great novel wine list, near Gare de Nord. Takes reservations. Also doesn't the new Table Robuchon near the Eiffel Tower take reservations ?